OWNER AND HEAD COACH - K-STAR TRAINING ACADEMY
Ulziibayar Chimed was born in the city of Ulanbaatar, the Capital of Mongolia. From an early age she exhibited a passion for performing and began training in the art of Contortion at 5 years old. After two years of rigorous practice, Ulziibayar joined the Mongolian State Circus and began performing a solo act, traveling to countries such as France, Russia and Taiwan to display her unique skills.
In 1993, Ulziibayar was scouted by Cirque Du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté to join the production Alegria which premiered in Montreal, Canada in April of 1994. In doing so, Ulziibayar became the first Mongolian Contortionist to perform with the company and proceeded to tour the world for the next twelve years. Since its creation, Alegria has been performed over 5,000 times and seen by over 14 million spectators.
In 1997, Ulziibayar performed duo Contortion, earning a silver medal at the prestigious Cirque de Demain Festival. In 2005, Ulziibayar joined the cast of Cirque Du Soleil's Las Vegas show Zumanity where she performed the iconic "Water Bowl Act" until the show's closing in 2020. In January of that same year, Ulziibayar and her husband opened K-STAR Training Academy and began sharing the art of Mongolian Contortion in the city of Las Vegas.
In 2021, US Figure Skating invited Ulziibayar to share her flexibility methods with future Olympians at numerous training camps. She was also recognized by the Mongolian Government for her outstanding contributions to Mongolian Culture during her thirty year career as a performing artist. In 2022, Ulzii returned to the stage, with two new acts, solo canes for Lost Spirits Distillery and a Contortion Trio act for Opium by Spiegelworld. Ulziibayar also performed as a Contortionist Vampire in the Netflix film "Dayshift" starring Jamie Foxx, and just recently completed filming for the upcoming Amazon Prime release, "Red One" starring Dwayne Johnson (2023).
Today, Ulziibayar Chimed is considered one of the top Contortionists in the world, appearing internationally on stage, print, television and film. Her practice, the Art of Contortion stands as a culmination of everything she loves instilling beauty, and strength through a holistic method of mind body enhancement. For Ulziibayar, contortion moves beyond the westernized viewpoint of physical practice, and actively inspires people in all areas of life "to bend their limits."
IS RARE TO FIND AN ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST WHO ALSO HAS A PASSION FOR COACHING
"As a coach, I teach all my students to live a healthy balance of life. The combination of strengthening and stretching is a fantastic way to cultivate happiness in daily life and discover a holistic approach to health. Whether your goals are to handstand, or simply touch your toes, we have a stretch for that." - Ulziibayar Chimed
Ulziibayar is one of a kind, the type of coach you can’t get anywhere else! She is kind, patient and diligent yet detail oriented and persistent in her coaching. She pushed me in the best ways and made me want to try harder towards my goal. She coaches safely and uses what she has learned through her 20+ years as a contortionist and artist with her students. There is a reason she is one of the top contortionists in the world, and I was so honored to have been able to work with her!
ACTOR / CREATOR
Ulziibayar has been working as a contortionist for Cirque du Soleil since she was a child and has done so healthily into adulthood. That alone is an astounding accomplishment. Her work ethic and understanding of contortion and what it takes to make a living doing what you love has a record of thousands of shows around the world, which speaks for itself. Beyond her skill and knowledge she is also an incredibly warm teacher.
ARTIST CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Ulzii is a wonderful coach of contortion. As someone who has never done contortion she helped me discover new ways of stretching that I never thought possible and is wonderful in coaching me through each move and balance.